June 6, 2013
Tuesday marked the end of a great pair of days for the Delaware Aquatic Racing Team Stingrays (DARTS), who combined to cruise to championships in both the Junior and Senior divisions at the 2011 Greater Columbus Swim League Championship in New Albany.
The seniors nabbed the title with 1,764.5 points, edging Northwest and Highlands Park, who rounded out the top three with respective totals of 1,668 and 1,298. The juniors, meanwhile, won the team title with 1,357 points, easily eclipsing second-place Olympic and third-place Highlands Park, who had 854.5 and 825.5 points, respectively.
The DARTS had eight individual GCSL champions, including multi-event winners Ava Row (6U), who won the 25 back (24.93 seconds) and 25 free (22.90) in GCSL and DARTS record times; Brooke Glesenkamp (12U), who won the 50 back (33.68), 100 individual medley (1:13.65) and 50 free (29.58), all in DARTS record times; and Will Elsrod (8U), who won the 25 back, 25 fly and 25 breaststroke.
Other individual champs included Ryan Smudz (10U), who won the 25 free; Dani Ward (10U), who took top honors in the 50 fly; Remy Curtin (12U), who won the 50 breaststroke; Regan Dewitt (14U), who won the 50 back; and Brittany Puthoff (18U), who won the 100 breaststroke.
The DARTS also picked up first-place points in 10 relays, including the 8U boys (Zach Ward, Elsrod, Dylan Fisher and Smudz), 10U girls (Ward, Esther Lawrence, Lauren Ertz and Katy Koons), 12U boys (Curtin, Craig Klumpp, Mitchell Garnett and Connor Derstine), 14U girls (DeWitt, Kara Miller, Allyson Fomich and Samantha Curtin) and 14U boys (Colby Brothers, Skyler Pollock, Keanan Fomich and Andrew Davis). The 8U boys, 10U girls, 12U girls, 14U girls and 14U boys (same foursomes as medley teams) also won titles in the freestyle relays.
The DARTS also performed well in the diving events, closing four top-three finishers. Camille Neu finished second among 12U girls while Mark Sulek (8U), Lawrence (10U) and Rachel Slater (14U) each grabbed third-place points.
It was the 51st year for the GCSL Championships, with approximately 750 athletes competing in the most recent installment. The DARTS, with 280 team members in action this summer, competed for the 33rd season in the GCSL. Both the juniors and seniors finished a perfect 5-0 this year, with the juniors capping the season with their third straight GCSL title. The seniors won the crown for the first time since 2004.
This season marked the first time in DARTS history both the juniors and seniors finished first in the same championship meet.